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Proverb Cookies

Fortune Cookies

On Sundays, I teach a children’s church class of about a dozen 4-7 year olds. This week our lesson was on the book of Proverbs. While there are many good lessons and teachings in Proverbs, there isn’t a clear story line that grabs the attention of young minds.

To try to keep them at least a little bit engaged as we discussed some relevant proverbs, I made fortune cookies with slips of paper inside containing a few proverbs that we could discuss. I tried to impress upon them that these were NOT fortune cookies, but “Proverb Cookies”.

This is the list of proverbs that I printed to put in the cookies. Some we opened in class, and the rest were given out to others later.

Proverb Cookies Phrases

When making fortune cookies, there are always a few that don’t fold correctly, or harden too quickly to fold. My family always loves these casualties to my baking.

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Click the link below for detailed instructions on how to make and shape the cookies:

Making and Shaping Fortune Cookies

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Lemon Meringue No-Bake Cheesecake

Lemon Meringue No-Bake Cheesecake

A delicious marriage of lemon meringue pie and no-bake cheesecake!

If you make your own lemon curd, you will come out about even on the eggs, since lemon curd only uses yolks and the meringue topping only uses whites.

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I like to line the inside of my springform pan with a 4” high acetate strip before adding the cheesecake filling (after cooking the crust). Sometimes these are called “cake collars.” This will help keep the sides of your cheesecake smooth when removing it from the pan. The strip will just peel off of the cheesecake after taking off the side of the springform pan.

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Sugar Free French Silk Berry Pie

SF French Silk Berry Pie

Happy π Day! Here is a sugar free version of a French silk chocolate pie. The addition of fresh berries make it less rich, but you will still want to eat it in small serving sizes.

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Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough Cheesecake

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This dessert combines two favorites: cheesecake and chocolate chip cookies. The crust is made from chocolate chip cookie dough. The filling is a vanilla cheesecake. The top of the cheesecake is then dotted with chunks of cookie dough and baked.

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If you want a more chocolatey cheesecake, you can stir additional chocolate chips into the cheesecake batter.

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Chocolate Cookies & Cream Cake

Chocolate Cookies & Cream  Cake

Even with all of the new and exciting Oreo flavors that are released each year, there is something about the classic cookies and cream flavor that can’t be topped. Especially when they top a 3-layer chocolate cake filled with thick and delicious Oreo frosting!

When making this frosting, do NOT make it ahead of time. The Oreo crumbs become very soft in the frosting and will completely mix in if the frosting is left sitting too long (giving you gray frosting instead of flecked cookies & cream).

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It is also important when frosting this cake to do a thin crumb coat first. It will keep you from overmixing the frosting and make smoothing the frosting much easier and faster. And you do need to work fairly quickly so that the Oreos don’t dissolve into the frosting base.

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Sugar-Free Raspberry Cheesecake Streusel Bars

Sugar Free Raspberry Cheesecake Streusel Bars

These sugar-free bars are made with a coconut/almond shortbread type crust, topped with a cheesecake layer swirled with fruit, and sprinkled with a delicious streusel topping.

These photos shows the bars with a raspberry fruit filling. You can also use blueberries, strawberries, or a mix of different berries.

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I like to bake these cheesecake bars in a water bath to keep the crust and edges from over-darkening and ensure the cheesecake layer bakes evenly. If you choose not to use a water bath, I recommend using a metal baking pan. Metal pans distribute heat much better than glass or ceramic when baking and your bars will bake more evenly.

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